The Center for EcoTechnology is thrilled to partner with Hancock Shaker Village to bring information about energy efficiency and waste reduction to their events and activities!
This past Friday we offered upcycling activities for children at the Village’s Free Fun Friday extravaganza. In one activity children repurposed tiles from our EcoBuilding Bargains reused build materials store into decorative coasters and trivets. We also offered a papermaking workshop, where kids made bookmarks out of recycled paper and pulped corn husks. About 150 children took home amazing tiles and bookmarks!Read More»
The Center for EcoTechnology does incredible things every day to help people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. We help businesses and institutions implement programs to divert wasted food, we work with contractors to build homes to exceptional efficiency standards. We work with farmers to help them get funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The list goes on. But a very special part of what we do is the EcoFellowship program.
Without a doubt, mentoring these five future environmental leaders is the best part of my job. When you work in the environmental field, every day is full of challenges, but also possibility. The EcoFellows come to us right out of college full of optimism and tenacity to turn that possibility into reality.
Here are some of the things they did in the past 11 months:
- Alexandra “Lexie” Vining expanded our work in community outreach by working with our partner Mass Energy to begin a local canvassing program for New England Green Start.
- Katie Costantini helped align our work with THE GREEN TEAM to public school curriculums.
- Matt Brodeur executed user-testing for the RecyclingWorks MA website leading to a more powerful tool for businesses and institutions.
- Aliza created the first video case study for our High-Performance Building work.
- Chiara Favaloro assisted with a press conference for the Mass Farm Energy Program which brought together stakeholders from across the state.
*For Immediate Release*
Contact: John Majercak, Center for EcoTechnology President, 413-586-7350 x228
Peter Hofman Earns Center for EcoTechnology’s
Local Environmental Leadership Award
Lee Resident Receives 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership
5/18/17 Pittsfield, MA – Peter Hofman, chair of the Town of Lee Greener Gateways Committee, of Lee, Mass., has received the 2017 Alan Silverstein and Laura Dubester Award for Community Environmental Leadership from the Center for EcoTechnology.
Hofman chairs the Lee Greener Gateways Committee, and has been an active member since he and his wife, Phyllis, moved to the Berkshires in late 2013. John Majercak, CET’s President, presented Hofman the award today at the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Networking Before Nine event in Great Barrington. The award is named after Silverstein and Dubester, who served as co-directors of CET for 22 years until they retired in 2010. Dubester joined CET in 1977 and Silverstein in 1978. They became co-directors of the organization in 1988. Silverstein passed away in 2014.
The award is given by CET to a local citizen who is working in his or her community to benefit the local environment with a focus on reducing the harmful impacts that humans can have on the environment, and the positive steps that people can take at home, work, and in their communities that help protect the environment, improve quality of life, and build community.Read More»
By Aliza Heeren, Marketing/Green Homes Fellow
This Thursday, our outreach EcoFellows Katie and Lexie headed out to Williamstown for an exciting teaching opportunity in weatherization. Instead of teaching elementary schoolers about recycling, which has been their typical work as of late, they headed up the ladder to higher education to teach students from Williams and Bennington Colleges about weatherizing houses. They were joined by CET’s Edward Rutledge, EcoFellowship Coordinator, and Energy Analyst Jamie Overby.
Every year, about 100 students from Williams College, and more recently Bennington College, participate in a day of volunteer service to weatherize houses in their communities in the hopes of keeping their neighbors warm and reducing their environmental footprints.Read More»
By Claire Cuozzo, Outreach and Education Fellow
This past Sunday, the Center for EcoTechnology participated in Make-It Springfield, a collaborative community revitalization initiative hosted by UMass Amherst and MassDevelopment. With clear blue skies overhead, we teamed up with community members to create a public mosaic mural in an alcove off of Worthington Street in Springfield. Through the vision and guidance of local mosaicist Robert Markey, the crew used donated tiles and other materials from EcoBuilding Bargains, our reused building materials store, to create this beautiful community art project!Read More»